Brolly and Friends bring the house down once again at annual Symphony Hall Concert

Bob Brolly and his favourite ‘Head Banging Nun’, Sister Sabina, on stage at Symphony Hall before the big crowds arrive

Bob Brolly and his favourite ‘Head Banging Nun’, Sister Sabina, on stage at Symphony Hall before the big crowds arrive

This year’s Brolly and Friends charity fundraising concert took place at it’s now regular home, the ornate Symphony Hall in Birmingham which is regarded as the world’s finest concert venue.

Host and MC, Derryman Bob Brolly had as usual lined up some of the finest Irish singers, musicians and dancers in the business and all had given their services free of charge.

This year’s charity event highlighted the amazing fund-raising efforts of Limerick-born Sister Sabina Staff, MBE, and her work the Sifa-Fireside project in Birmingham. All proceeds from the night are being donated to this kindly nun and Sifa-Fireside.

The talented line-up on the night included Shawn Cuddy, Marc Roberts, John Staunton and Annette Griffin, Fergal Flaherty, Basil Henriques,Tracey Hanna, The Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums and the ever popular Scanlon School of Irish Dance.

A special surprise at the concert was the appearance of singer Tony Christie, the man who has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. One of Tony’s best remembered recording is the hit number: ‘Is this the way to Amarillo’. Tony has Irish roots in County Mayo.

One sad piece of news, hinted at by Bob Brolly, is the fact that next year’s event at Symphony Hall (July 24th) may be the very last.